It had been a while since my last visit to the Keys. The drive from Miami takes approximately three and half hours. I highly recommend that you hire a Jeep with a convertible roof if you can. The speed limit is 55 mph for most of the way with long stretches at 45 mph, and strictly enforced. So if you you have a heavy foot like me, be warned. So instead of being frustrated by the slow going, make the most of it, take in the view and think of the road trip down as part of your amazing experience. There is so much to see.
The Keys are truly exceptional. We stopped off at several spots on the way down. I highly recommend a short detour at Sugar Key to Boon Docks restaurant and try their Boom Boom Tacos. They are by far the best I have ever tasted. Check them out.
There is something to do for everyone; scuba, snorkeling, for those with a family sea shell hunting with the kids or just simply relax on one of the hundreds of beaches or bars dotting the numerous Keys. We took in the crazy golf course which is a great way to spend an afternoon.
I spent the majority of my time in Key West. We rented for the month and the property was spectacular and well maintained. An added bonus was a pool was included and so there was no excuse not to get your exercise.
The sunsets were the high point of my days. They are something and every one seems more amazing than the previous.
The good news is that if you have a carving for city life then getting back to Miami is only 45 minutes by plane, so a day trip is readily available for those needing a shopping or large city fix.
I found the Keys to be amazing and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. I hope you get to see them for yourself.